SACRAMENTO (AP) - California's movie star governor is remembering Hollywood legend Paul Newman as "the ultimate cool guy."
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger had met Newman but never appeared
with him in a movie. He and his wife, Maria, offered their thoughts and prayers in a statement Saturday.
"Paul Newman was the ultimate cool guy who men wanted to be like and women adored. He was an American icon, a brilliant actor, a Renaissance man and a generous but modest philanthropist," Schwarzenegger said.
Newman, 83, died of cancer Friday at his farmhouse near Westport, Conn. The Oscar-winning actor starred in more than 50 films including "Hud," "Cool Hand Luke" and "The Color of Money." He also was an activist, a race car driver and a philanthropist who gave tens of millions to charities through his food company, which sold items such as popcorn and salad dressing.
"He entertained millions in some of Hollywood's most memorable roles ever, and he brightened the lives of many more, especially seriously ill children, through his charitable works," Schwarzenegger said. "Paul was one of a kind. The beloved film star will be missed by a world of fans and admirers."
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